Analysis: News Lead in Story About Missing Shoreview Man

The news lead in a story about a man who has possibly been kidnapped in the Star Tribune is a classic example of a straightforward hard-news lead.
The lead includes all of the standard answers to the "who, what, when, where, and why" questions. It includes the "who" which is the Ramsey County authorities, the "what" which is that authorities are trying to locate the man, the "when" which is that authorities have been trying to locate him since Friday evening, the "where" which is that the authorities are from Ramsey County and the man is from Shoreview, and finally the "why" which is that the authorities are trying to locate him because he called his wife and said that he had been kidnapped.
The details included in this news lead are that the man's voice was hushed when he called his wife and that specifically two men had kidnapped him. The more general elements of this news lead are that the names of the man, his wife, and the authorities are not specifically mentioned, nor are the ages of any of these people listed. The time that the phone call was placed, Friday evening, is fairly general as well. The lead did not list the missing man's specific address or the exact department or town that the Ramsey County authorities work in.
I think that the reporter chose the straightforward, hard-news type lead for this story because the story is currently still unfolding and it is appropriate for the seriousness of the case that the story is about.

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